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Drone attack in Saudi Arabia; 8 wounded, one civilian plane damaged

"Eight people were wounded and a civilian aircraft was damaged, according to initial information," a statement said.

Drone attack in Saudi Arabia; 8 wounded, one civilian plane damaged-dnm
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Saudi Arabia, First Published Aug 31, 2021, 5:49 PM IST
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A bomb-laden drone on Tuesday targeted the Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, injured eight people and damaged a civilian plane, Saudi state television reported.

"Eight people were wounded and a civilian aircraft was damaged, according to initial information," a statement said.

It is important to note here that this is the latest assault on the kingdom amid its grinding war with its neighbouring Yemen.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the second such strike on Abha airport in the last 24 hours. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said earlier that it intercepted a Houthi drone that was targeting Abha International Airport.

The coalition said shrapnel was scattered in the vicinity of the airport.

Ekhbaria TV said a second armed drone was intercepted, but debris wounded eight people and damaged a civilian airplane inside the airport. It did not give further details.

Over the past several months, Saudi territory has been the target of multiple attacks by Houthi rebels from neighbouring Yemen, where an internal conflict between government forces and rebels continues to rage on, a Sputnik report said.

Riyadh has been supporting the Yemeni government since 2015, conducting air, land, and sea operations against the Houthis, who, in turn, often strike back with retaliatory attacks, the report further stated.

Those attacks, often striking near the southern cities of Abha and Jizan, have rarely caused substantial damage but wounded dozens, killed at least one person and rattled global oil markets. Within Yemen, the Saudi-led bombing campaign has drawn international criticism for killing civilians, hitting non-military targets like hospitals and wedding parties and devastating infrastructure in the Arab world's most impoverished nation, the Associated Press reported. 

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